How to Plan for the Holidays With a Child Visitation Schedule

Holidays With a Child Visitation ScheduleMost parents can’t wait to enjoy the holiday season with their children. Making cookies, wrapping gifts and spending time with each other are all exciting parts of the holiday season. However, when you’re divorced or you have a child visitation schedule, the holidays can be more complicated.

Follow the written order 

Courts speak through their written orders. If you have a court order that gives you a defined parenting schedule, follow it. Most parenting orders have specific rules for holiday visitation. One parent might have Christmas Eve from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The other parent might have the same hours on Christmas Day.

If it’s written in the custody order, both parents have to follow it unless both parents agree otherwise. The parent with primary custody or more parenting time doesn’t have the right to choose to ignore the parenting time schedule even around the holidays. What’s written in the order is what you need to follow even if one parent doesn’t like it or it’s a bit inconvenient for both parents. Until the court order changes, you have to follow it as it’s written and signed by the judge.

Get it in writing

If you want to make changes to the parenting time schedule and both parents agree, you can make changes. For example, if you want holiday parenting time to begin at 7:00 p.m. the night before the holiday instead of 9:00 a.m. on the holiday, you’re free to work this out with the other parent. However, you can not make the changes unless you both agree. If you both agree to the change, make sure that the other parent agrees to it in writing. Email or text is usually sufficient.

Making changes to custody or parenting time

If you need to make changes to a custody or parenting time schedule, you can make a formal request to the court. Scottsdale divorce attorney Hope E. Fruchtman can help you understand when the court will entertain making a change to a custody or parenting time order. Their Scottsdale child support lawyers company can also help you understand how changes to parenting time might impact child support. Contact the Law Office of Hope E. Fruchtman to talk about your case.